Alphabetical Movie – In the Bedroom
The challenge I have with In the Bedroom has nothing to do with the film itself. The movie is excellent, though emotionally draining. It is anchored with fantastic performances by Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek and Marisa Tomei. When it was released, it was even considered a front runner for Best Picture.
What I’m trying to say is that it’s a serious movie – and a very good one. Therin lies the problem.
Because, you see, every time I see the name of the movie, all I do is think of The Village People.
And…um…also the Muppets.
Look, I know how wrong it is to associate a movie about a couple’s emotional turmoil following the murder of their son with a 70’s gay disco anthem but it’s right there.
In the Bedroom
Yes you can sail the seven seas
In the Bedroom
Yes you can put your mind at ease
I think you get the point. It goes through my head every time.
Maybe if I’d been a little younger I wouldn’t have that song so deeply written into my brain that I can’t help but make the association. Thing is, I don’t particularly like the song. Never have.
But that doesn’t stop me from thinking about it in direct relation to this film. I’m watching an emotionally wrenching scene (and there are a lot of them in this film) and I’m thinking about sweaty men on ships.
Actually, that might be Cher’s fault.
Let me assure you that while a small portion of the film In the Bedroom takes place on a boat, the above video is in no way indicative of those scenes.
I also want to make it clear that it is not the filmmakers’ fault that I continue to associate their movie with crappy music. They made a great film and I’m doing nothing but ensuring nobody reading this blog will ever watch it because at this point, every single one of them will start singing “In the Navy” every time anyone mentions the name of the film. For that I’m sincerely sorry.
We want you! We want you! We want you as a new recruit!
I don’t think it is fair to blame the Village People. Is it their fault they wrote really catchy hooks that would one day get stuck in my head when I thought about a specific film? Of course not!
I do blame Cher for auto tuning, though. I think that’s fair.